Pirie council and RSL partner to develop South East Asian War Memorial

Port Pirie Regional Council and the Port Pirie RSL have partnered to develop and enhance the South East Asian War Memorial in time for Vietnam Veterans Day.

Four bollards commemorating the theatres of war in South East Asia including; Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam and Korea have been installed along Memorial Drive.

Each bollard features a short story as well as the number of Australians who served, were wounded and died in conflict.

MEMORIAL: Port Pirie RSL Sub Branch secretary Gary Fradd, Port Pirie Regional Council director of infrastructure Kathryn Johnson, Councillor Mick Hopgood and Councillor Jack Keain. Image: Port Pirie Regional Council.

MEMORIAL: Port Pirie RSL Sub Branch secretary Gary Fradd, Port Pirie Regional Council director of infrastructure Kathryn Johnson, Councillor Mick Hopgood and Councillor Jack Keain. Image: Port Pirie Regional Council.

QR codes featured on each bollard bring a digital storytelling element to the memorial.

Residents can use their iPhone or Android phone camera to connect to stories about local servicemen and women through the Australian War Memorial's Places of Pride website.

The bollards each feature a figure of someone who was instrumental during the South East Asian conflicts including an airman, a soldier, a sailor and a nurse.

The idea was raised by Counillor Jack Keain who suggested placing bollards at war memorials in the town.

The Port Pirie RSL helped bring the idea to life by successfully receiving a Saluting Their Service Commemorative grant through the federal government's Department of Veteran Affairs.

The memorial upgrade has been completed in time for Vietnam Veteran Day, which will be commemorated at the South East Asian Memorial on Tuesday, August 18.

This project is part of a strong partnership between council and the RSL with further developments to celebrate the town's military history still to come.

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